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Tangerine now open at the Des Moines Art Center


The Art Center is pleased to announce that a new restaurant has opened on the premises – Tangerine at the Art Center.  For more than 20 years, Susan Madorsky and Cherry Madole, owners of Tangerine Catering, have been preparing food for special events throughout the Des Moines metro and central Iowa, and this is the first time the company has set up shop as a restaurant. 

“We are thrilled to open Tangerine at the Art Center,” said Susan Madorsky, co-owner of Tangerine. “It has always been a dream of ours to expand our catering company and open a café.”

Tangerine’s menu will change often and features sandwiches, salads, pasta, vegetarian dishes, house-made desserts, soft drinks and other beverages, wine, and beer. The restaurant is open Tuesday – Friday, 11 am – 2 pm, and plans to extend its service in the future, including happy hour in the courtyard, and various special events. The menu can be accessed on the Art Center’s website,

“We have been longtime supporters of the central Iowa art community, serving as the onsite catering company for the Big Room at Mainframe Artist Studios. We are delighted to continue to serve our customers and contribute to the culinary arts scene at our new café, Tangerine at the Art Center,” said Cherry Madole, co-owner of Tangerine.

Des Moines Art Center

Recognized by international art critics as a world-class museum in the heart of the Midwest, the
Des Moines Art Center, an AAM-accredited institution, has amassed an important collection with a
major emphasis on contemporary art. The collection’s overriding principle is a representation of artists from the 19th century to the present, each through a seminal work. This accounts for an impressive collection that ranges from Edward Hopper’s Automat to Jasper Johns’ Tennyson, Henri Matisse’s Woman in White, Georgia O’Keeffe’s From the Lake No. 1, Francis Bacon’s Study after Velásquez’s Portrait of Pope Innocent X, Bill Viola’s Ascension, and Cecily Brown’s Half-Bind.

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The Art Center’s physical complex marries with the collection for a totally integrated experience. The collection is housed in three major buildings, each designed by a world-renowned architect—Eliel
Saarinen, I. M. Pei, and Richard Meier. With the exception of special events, admission to the museum is free.

In September 2009, the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park opened in Des Moines’ Western Gateway Park. Philanthropists John and Mary Pappajohn provided funding for and donated 30 sculptures by internationally acclaimed contemporary artists to the Des Moines Art Center. The collection of sculptures by such artists as Ai Weiwei, Louise Bourgeois, Deborah Butterfield, Willem
de Kooning, Mark di Suvero, Olafur Eliasson, Keith Haring, Ellsworth Kelly, Yayoi Kusama, Jaume Plensa, Richard Serra, and Joel Shapiro is the most significant donation of artwork to the Art Center in a single gift in the museum’s history. The Pappajohn Sculpture Park is a collaboration of the Pappajohns, the City of Des Moines, the Des Moines Art Center, and numerous corporate and private donors.

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